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Problem: Spices lose flavor

The root of the issue here is that ground spices have alot of surface area so the aromatic compounds escape quickly leaving flavorless dust.
spices


Solution: Want your spices to be awesome months down the road? Buy them in their whole form and not the powder. Cumin seed, not ground cumin. Whole nutmeg, peppercorns, etc. Airtight glass jars, don't buy too much, and keep them away from heat.

That's all well and good you say but how do I sprinkle whole nutmeg on my eggnog? Grind it up! Here are some tools that may help (disclosure we may receive a small commission when you use our links so thank you in advance!)

Mortar and Pestle
Mortar and Pestle Options

grater
6 Sided Cheese Grater (not just for cheese)

Problem: What the heck is TikTok pasta?

In 2021 the top Google recipe search was "TikTok pasta" but what if you don't know what that is?


Question 1: What is TikTok pasta? TikTok pasta (#uunifetapasta) first went viral in Finland and Feta sales went up by 300%. The post had millions of views which is saying alot for a country like Finland with a poplulation of about 5.5 million. By February 2021 both the Food Network and the Washington Post had both published their own versions.

Question 2: Where can I find the recipe? TikTok obviously! But you can also access the original recipe without the app from Liemessa.

Problem: Dry Chicken

If you were cooking just legs an oven temperature of up to 425 F is recommended. For just the breasts, it’s best to go with the lower temp of 350 F. But what if we want to cook the whole chicken in the same oven?
beer can chicken


Solution: Place the legs closer to the heat source than the breasts!

If you are cooking the whole chicken just put the legs closer to the heat than the breasts.

There are a few ways to accomplish this but our favorite is to sit your chicken on a can. You may have heard of "beer can chicken", that is what this is. When you sit the chicken on the can it puts the legs closer to the heat source than the breasts which results in the right balance for juicy chicken.

The internal temp of the chicken should reach 165 – 175 degrees F.
Set the temperature and monitor it from your phone with this nifty gadget:
therm
ProThermo Instant Read Stainless Steel Digital Meat and Poultry Thermometer

chickenrack
I saw this Motorcycle themed rack on eBay and... I just can't even!